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CUF Launches “Ask Gary Why” Campaign in NYC

Last week in New York City, the Center for Union Facts (CUF) launched the second-phase of a campaign surrounding union boss Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC).

The campaign encourages New Yorkers to “Ask Gary Why” much-needed subway and public housing repairs have been ignored, and why the unions Gary LaBarbera represents have a history of racial discrimination.

CUF has released three versions of advertisements (1,2,3) on food trucks across the city, a video featuring a fictional game show titled “Ask Gary Why,” city-wide radio advertisements and a campaign website.

Under LaBarbera’s watch, transit construction costs are often seven times the global average, with construction staffed by as many as four times more workers than in other countries.

Black unionized construction workers in New York City also face a 23% pay penalty compared to their white counterparts. Meanwhile, the construction unions’ Project Labor Agreement has inundated the city’s housing authority with “costly union benefits.”

To learn more about the campaign, visit or check out our video.

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